Covered Services

Your dentist is your biggest ally when it comes to good oral health. Regular dental visits keep your gums and teeth strong and give your dentist a chance to learn about your overall health.

Services

Babies

Caring for your baby’s smile begins the moment they are born. Healthy gums make way for healthy teeth.

Medi‑Cal will pay up to $1,800 in a year for covered dental services. You may qualify for more than the $1,800 yearly limit, if you have a medical need. Please visit “About the Medi‑Cal Dental Program” to find out more.

The Medi‑Cal Dental Program provides the following free or low-cost services for babies:

  • Baby’s first dental visit
  • Baby’s first dental exam
  • Dental exams (every 6 months; every 3 months from birth to age 3)
  • X-rays
  • Teeth cleaning (every 6 months)
  • Fluoride varnish (every 6 months)
  • Fillings
  • Tooth removal
  • Emergency services
  • Outpatient services
  • Sedation (if medically necessary)

Your Baby’s Gums

Keep your baby’s gums clean by gently wiping the gums with a washcloth every day. At about four to six months “teething” will begin as the baby teeth start to come in. Most babies have at least one tooth before they turn 1. By the time your child is 3, all 20 baby teeth should be in place.

First Tooth, First Birthday, First Visit.

When should you take your baby to their first dental visit?

  • You should make an appointment for your child’s first dental visit as soon as their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. Many kids get cavities as early as age 2. See the dentist as soon as possible to prevent problems.

The Toddler Years

As your baby becomes a toddler and more baby teeth come in, the dental visits may include teeth cleanings and fluoride varnish to protect their teeth from cavities.

Baby teeth do fall out, but it is important to take good care of them until they do. Baby teeth help your child chew and speak properly. Losing a baby tooth too early due to poor care may cause problems with their permanent teeth, like growing in crooked.

Remember, if your child has healthy baby teeth, chances are they will have healthy adult teeth, too.